The United States Lavender Growers Association (USLGA) recently welcomed the Great Lakes Lavender Farm as a Grower Member, strengthening the USLGA’s commitment to supporting and promoting the U.S. lavender industry. This exciting new membership marks an important milestone for the farm, and it will contribute to the industry’s continued growth and success. In this article, we will discuss the history of the USLGA, the benefits of joining the association, and the exciting future of the lavender industry in the United States.
The United States Lavender Growers Association: A Brief History
Founded in 2012, the USLGA aims to support and promote the U.S. lavender industry through research, education, networking, and marketing. The association thrives with members who are passionately involved with lavender and offers various membership levels, including Grower, Associate, and Affiliate. The USLGA has a rich history that dates back to 2006-2007 when Al Armstrong of Valley View Lavender Farm in Buhl, Idaho, first proposed the idea of creating an American Lavender Growers Association (ALGA).
Years of discussions and organizational efforts eventually led to the formation of the USLGA. The association held its first Lavender Conference in Richmond, Virginia, in 2013 and has since hosted conferences in various locations across the U.S. The USLGA has also expanded its team, hiring an Executive Director, IT Coordinator/Webmaster, and Administrative Assistant in 2022.
Great Lakes Lavender Farm Joins USLGA as a Grower Member
The Great Lakes Lavender Farm’s new membership with the USLGA will offer several benefits, including access to valuable resources, networking opportunities, and industry expertise. As a Grower Member, the farm will have voting rights and the opportunity to contribute to the development of the U.S. lavender industry. The membership will also help the Great Lakes Lavender Farm connect with buyers, learn from other growers, and access educational resources to enhance their lavender production and value-added product offerings.
The USLGA’s Long-Term Goals and Mission
The USLGA has set ambitious long-term goals to provide a quality lavender crop, essential oil, and distillates to satisfy U.S. needs for these products. The association strives for the U.S. lavender industry to be recognized as a global leader in providing education, research, and support. With the addition of new members like the Great Lakes Lavender Farm, the USLGA is one step closer to achieving its goals and fulfilling its mission of supporting and promoting the United States lavender industry.
The Future of the U.S. Lavender Industry
The USLGA’s growing membership base, including the Great Lakes Lavender Farm, signals a bright future for the U.S. lavender industry. As more farms join the association, the industry’s collective voice grows stronger, enabling the USLGA to better advocate for growers, drive research and development, and share best practices among members. The USLGA’s commitment to supporting lavender farms, connecting growers to buyers, and providing continual education will help ensure the long-term success and sustainability of the U.S. lavender industry.
The Great Lakes Lavender Farm’s new membership with the USLGA marks an exciting new chapter for both the farm and the association. As the USLGA continues to expand its membership and support the growth of the U.S. lavender industry, we can look forward to a bright future filled with beautiful, fragrant fields of lavender and a thriving industry that is recognized as a global leader.